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Research Reveals a Safe and Simple Treatment for Ear Mites in Rabbits

rabbit-ear-mitesEar mites are common parasites that affect many species of pets. Otodectes cynotis mites most commonly infest dogs and cats, but rabbits have their own species – Psoroptes cuniculi.

Symptoms of Ear Mites

The aggravation, irritation, and itchiness that ear mites must cause is hard to imagine. Affected rabbits may have as many as 10,000 mites in each ear. Typical symptoms include:

  • head shaking
  • scratching at the ears
  • crusts and scabs in and around the ears

In severe cases, mites may also colonize the skin and cause lesions on the head and neck.

Treating Rabbits for Ear Mite Infestations

The itchiness and pain caused by ear mites can make a skittish rabbit even more difficult to handle. Traditional treatment protocols for ear mite infestations in rabbits included several weekly injections of a drug called ivermectin, cleaning out the ears, and/or topical medications. Rabbit owners and veterinarians started looking for another treatment option for ear mites, and thankfully research has identified one that is surprisingly safe, effective, and simple.

Just one application of Revolution to the skin at the base of the neck kills all P. cuniculi mites within four days, and the mites did not return for the duration of the study (56 days). The researchers looked at both low (6 mg/kg) and high (18 mg/kg) doses of Revolution and at the effects of repeat treatment four weeks later. All protocols were equally safe and effective. The study’s most surprising finding was the dramatic decrease in the size of ear lesions after treatment despite a lack of ear cleaning and topical therapy.

Owners of fractious rabbits take heart. One application of Revolution to the skin should be all that it takes to get rid of ear mites and effectively treat the damage they cause. If you have any concerns that your rabbit is not fully healed one month after applying Revolution, schedule a recheck with your veterinarian. He or she should be able to clean the ears without causing significant discomfort by that time and can assess the need for a second dose of medication.

Revolution is not approved for rabbits, but veterinarians can prescribe such off-label use when circumstances make it necessary.



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{ 3 comments… add one }
  • smithy February 9, 2017, 10:57 pm

    Fresh garlic cloves work the best when it comes to ear mite infestation. It acts as a natural antibiotic. This is due to the presence of a compound called allicin, which is immediately released when it is chopped, bruised, or chewed.

    • Justin Robinson August 24, 2017, 8:31 am

      I’m guessing you feed the garlic cloves to the rabbit

  • sam anto March 2, 2017, 10:23 pm

    Spraying apple cider vinegar on cats ear canal is a proven home remedies for ear mites in cats. read more on https://tr.im/1e1QP

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